Poor Clare cloistered nuns at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican - © Vatican Media

Pope Francis Praises ‘Luminous Example’ of Saint Clare

Remembers Foundress of the ‘Poor Clares’ as Generously Adhering to Christ

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“A luminous example of generously adhering to Christ….”

This is how Pope Francis remembered Saint Clare of Assisi a day after her Aug. 11 Feast Day.

During his privately streamed General Audience from his Apostolic Library, the Argentine Pontiff recalled the saint of great charity, and good friend of St. Francis of Assisi, who lived from 1194-1253.

Founded in the 13th Century by Saint Clare under the inspiration and guidance of Saint Francis of Assisi, the ‘Poor Clares’ constitute the second branch of the Franciscan Order,.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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